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St. Lucia "Women in Action" Condemns All Forms of Domestic Violence
By United Workers Party
Apr 20, 2017 - 4:38:08 AM

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ST. LUCIA -- Women In Action (WIA) wishes to state that our organization does not condone any form of violence against men or women. In light of recent incidents we reiterate that no man or woman should be abused despite the circumstances nor be held responsible for abuse.

It is important for victims to admit to themselves that they are being abused or that they are in an abusive relationship. Recognition and validation are the first steps to take when a victim is ready to leave an abusive situation.

Speaking about the recent incidents of domestic violence tragedies WIA advises that victims of domestic abuse or domestic violence should talk to family, friends, neighbors or co-workers about the domestic violence they experience. It may be helpful to call a domestic violence hotline for information, referrals and support.

“We have a culture of misguided male pride where men who are victims suffer in silence and don’t want to have it known that they are being abused,” explained President of the WIA, Diane Felicien. “We have to work on changing the mindset of our men and also changing the way society reacts when men come forward with domestic abuse claims.”

WIA advises that when domestic violence occurs, it is helpful to have a plan to deal with an emergency or crisis. It is important for individuals to think about ways to provide a safer environment, both for themselves and their children.

Following is some advice on dealing with domestic violence situations:

  • Victims should plan how to get out of their home quickly and safely, so they may do so if violence begins. This plan should consider very fine details such as where to keep keys, a purse and an extra set of clothes for a rapid departure.
  • It is important that children know how to use the phone to call the police or help agencies.
  • Victims cannot always avoid violence. To increase safety, it is important to plan what action to take during a violent situation. Try to move to a space that is lowest risk, and to avoid arguments in rooms without an access to the outside or in rooms where injury is more likely such as the bathroom, the kitchen or on the stairs.
  • Tell your neighbour, family and friends about the situation and request they call the police if they hear suspicious noises coming from your home.
Call for Help

There are many support help systems available for families struggling with domestic violence. We advise anyone going through abuse to seek professional help via below agencies:

Women support center - General Relations on Jeremy Street – Call 202 (Call is free)

National Health Service helpline - Call 203 (Call is free)

St Lucia Crisis Center - Call 453 6848 or 712 7574

Spiritual Empowerment and intervention is required to help end these situations.

For more information and interviews please contact Diane Felicien 1 758 716 1610 at Or email dianefelicien@gmail.com

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